We all have times we need to work someplace other than the office. I've done it traveling for work, crunching on a project over a weekend, or stuck at home by icy roads. The last six weeks have been different. When my mother's health started to decline, I was able to temporarily relocate 650 miles away without a worry about work productivity.This is something I could never have done so seamlessly without our Heads Up Display (HUD) unified communications (UC) software enabling me to join the ranks of Free Range Humans.
With the caveat that I've probably got nothing on those of you who worked from your home office for years or roam a huge region, here's what I've learned so far.
my 7 secrets for remote work success
1) Make the most of your phone system
2) Go beyond old-school BYOD
3) Make sure your mobile data plan is up to snuff
Thankfully, my cellphone plan includes a whopping 30GB of shared data and rollover to boot. Despite almost two weeks working from my mother's hospital room, I never worried about running over, even when I needed to download large presentations. Plus, most work activities just don't soak up that much. For example, I noticed running HUD demos all day at a tradeshow earlier this year and participating recently in a live webinar each barely made a dent in my data.
4) Take charge everywhere you go
I don't recommend the bargain basement variety you see for $5 or $10. They don't typically hold enough to fully charge a larger battery like my Samsung Galaxy S5, much less a tablet. Those cheapies also don't tend to last as long. Spend about $20-$40 for as many milliamps (mAh) as you can get in a shape and size that suits you. I've got an ultra slim flat backup battery I carry in my purse along with a retractable cable. I also keep spares that aren't as purse-friendly in my laptop bag and in the car. These are largely a pre-emptive strike against changing bags or just forgetting to recharge after heavy use.
5) Don't forget to accessorize
6) Make a point to keep in touch
7) Be flexible
Did I miss any?
The combination of company culture, great phone features, UC, and some of my favorite gadgets have made working remotely easier than I ever thought possible. I'll be grateful for that for many, many weeks to come.
Got any additional tips as I look ahead week seven and beyond? Leave a comment below!